Video Shows Rare Full-Circle Rainbow Appearing Above Russia
Pilots have the highest chance of seeing full circle rainbows. It’s tough to spot the shape through airline windows, so a pilot’s position up front gives them an advantage. Another good spot to see a full-circle rainbow is atop a skyscraper. That was exactly where this crane operator was standing when they took the video uploaded on YouTube last July.
The optic phenomenon was captured on camera from the top of the Lakhta Center, a 460-meter-high (1,516 ft) building currently under construction in St. Petersburg. The building, which is poised to be one of the tallest structures in the city, is due for completion in 2018.
People have flocked to social media to comment on the stunning sight, calling it “gorgeous” and a “beauty.”
How to determine the arc of a rainbow
The next time you see a rainbow, take note of the height of the sun. This helps you determine the size of the arc. The lower the sun, the higher the top of the rainbow. If you could get up high enough, like in a mountain or a high-rise structure, you can see that rainbows continue below the horizon and beyond what you can perceive at sea level.
A full-circle rainbow is significant to certain cultures and beliefs. It is mentioned twice in the Bible, namely in Ezekiel 1:28 and Revelation 4:3, which describes it as evidence of God’s glory. In Indo-European culture, a rainbow in full circle is an omen of the cycle of life.